Thomas Sowell

The switch that turns on the light in the bathroom is sometimes located inside the bathroom and sometimes outside the bathroom door. And there are lots of possibilities in both places, so at night you can spend lots of time groping around in the dark.

It never seems to occur to some of the people who design these things that someone staying in a hotel may get up in the middle of the night and need to find the switch for the bathroom light in the dark, without having to disturb a sleeping spouse by turning on the bedroom light, in order to begin looking for the switch for the bathroom light.

Fortunately, you can have a good vacation in spite of traffic or hotels. My recent vacation was spent in four national parks -- Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Each was inspiring in a different way.

However, for reasons unknown, the government seems to think that concessionaires who run hotels, restaurants, or other services in these parks should have a monopoly in each park. No doubt that makes life easier for Washington bureaucrats but it certainly does not give the people who visit these parks much choice or force competing hotels or restaurants to provide what the public wants.

Despite the hassles of travel, we can't stay home all the time. But it can be a darn good feeling to come back.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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